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Engineering Update #31: A 5kW handheld laser torch and the Lexus portrait painter

October 31, 2013 1:22 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development Videos Comments

In this week's headlines: TWI develops a handheld 5kW laser torch: The UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has developed a powerful laser projector that resembles a rifle. Lexus creates a portrait painting system: Lexus has turned the art of automobiles into a reality with the Art is Motion system.

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Engineering Newswire 62: Shock your boss with a cell phone taser

October 29, 2013 12:02 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development Videos Comments

This week on Engineering Newswire, we're crash landing the Ferrari of space, seeing through traffic, making bionic plants, and testing the sting of the Yellow Jacket Personal Protection Device, by zapping executive editor, David Mantey. This episode features....

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Omron DC Power Relays

October 28, 2013 2:50 pm Videos Comments

Since the birth of the relay industry in 1960, Omron has continued to produce leading-edge relays to meet customer needs. DC power relays are a new range of products developed for applications such as clean energy vehicles and storage batteries for homes, in response to the rapidly growing trend in many different fields to use renewable energy and reduce CO2 emissions.

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Engineering Update #30: The McLaren P1 is the hybrid supercar of the future

October 24, 2013 11:27 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development Videos Comments

Welcome to Engineering Update. I'm Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor of ECN. In this week's episode: The McLaren p1 is a long-awaited supercar featuring a hybrid engine and, luckily for us, the company has just released the specs for this ridiculous machine.

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Kickstarter of the Week: This robotic bartender knows your favorite drink

October 23, 2013 12:53 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development Videos Comments

On this episode of Kickstarter of the Week, brought to you by National Instruments, we are pouring ourselves a drink with Monsieur, the world's first artificially intelligent robotic bartender. With access to more than 300 drink recipes, Monsieur becomes your very own personal butler....

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Engineering Newswire 61: Cyborg cockroaches map collapsed buildings

October 18, 2013 9:53 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development Videos Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we're designing touch-free interfaces, 3D printing rockets to carry nanosat satellites, swarming collapsed buildings with cyborg cockroaches, and once again trying to answer, "what women want." This episode features: Robots in Disguise: Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed software that uses a swarm of insect cyborgs to map collapsed buildings.

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Engineering Update #29: Brain-reading devices and interactive paper generators

October 17, 2013 11:51 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development Videos Comments

In this week's headlines: DOD promotes development of brain-reading devices: The US Department of Defense is working to develop a cheap, wearable system that can detect a person's brain waves and display the data on smartphones and tablets.

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RapidFIRE: Top ten 3D printers

October 15, 2013 2:41 pm Videos Comments

PD&D recently had the opportunity to review a couple of desktop 3D printers, the LulzBot TAZ and the Afinia H479 from Saelig. The review, while enlightening, only left us thirsting for more. Now that TAZ has shipped out, all that remains is a hole in a cube that begs to be filled.

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Engineering Update #28: The car designed for a zombie apocalypse

October 10, 2013 1:31 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development Videos Comments

If you're worried about the impending Zombie apocalypse have we got a car for you. The zombie-pocolypse prototype car was designed by a Walking Dead fan via the Walking Dead Chop Shop app, which allows users to customize three Hyundai models into the perfect anti-zombie car.

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Engineering Newswire 60: Hyundai builds zombie survival machine, preps for apocalypse

October 10, 2013 1:23 pm | by EurekAlert! Videos Comments

This week on Engineering Newswire, we're being chased down by animal-like robots, designing a zombie survival machine, breaking the women's land speed record, and using gems to better breathalyzers. This episode features: At this year's Comic-Con in New York, Hyundai will bring a fan-designed Zombie survival machine to life. Arizona-based Anson Kuo's Sante Fe design was picked out of more than 82,500 fan submissions.

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ECN Webcast: Test & Measurement in the Design Process

October 7, 2013 10:16 am Webinars

Designers are always faced with complicated test challenges, and ECN’s Test & Measurement in the Design Process webcast will bring together some of the industry’s experts to explain the latest technologies available to help them solve their problems.

Engineering Newswire 59: Personal jetpack redesign saves pilot from catastrophic failure

October 4, 2013 10:36 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development Videos Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we're re-designing the Martin Jetpack, sending MIT students to space, tailoring toothbrushes for your teeth, and riding in one great big balloon. New Zealand-based Martin Aircraft Company has recently re-designed the Martin Jetpack, changing the position of the ducts to help improve the jetpack's performance and maneuverability.

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Engineering Update #27: The world's most powerful electric car

October 3, 2013 12:54 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development Videos Comments

This episode of ECN's Engineering Update is brought to you by SanDisk. In this week's headlines: Venturi unveils world's most powerful electric car: Ohio State University and French manufacturer, Venturi Automobiles is out to set a new record with what will be the most powerful electric car ever made.

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Kickstarter of the Week: Frustration, anger lead to new 3D printer design

October 2, 2013 1:26 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development Videos Comments

On this episode of Kickstarter of the Week, brought to you by National Instruments, we are 3D scanning, modeling, and printing with a new all-in-one solution from Radiant Fabrication. The Lionhead is a 3D printer with eight print heads, and its counterpart, the Lionhead bunny, is available with four print heads.

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DIY Hacks & How Tos: Pepper's Ghost

October 1, 2013 3:00 pm Videos Comments

Pepper's Ghost is a special effects technique for creating transparent ghostly images. This technique has been a staple of theaters and haunted houses since John Pepper popularized it in the 1800s. It works by reflecting an image of the ghost off of a sheet of plexiglass. This special effect is especially impressive because it can be performed live....

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